Welcome from the Dean

Shawn Brixey sitting on stage
Shawn Brixey, Dean

Welcome to York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

University-bound students studying the arts are unique. They are preparing for exciting and dramatically growing career opportunities, as well as for those that have yet to be imagined. They must graduate with the artistic edge, practical training, critical thinking, and entrepreneurial spirit that empower them to innovate, experiment, and pioneer new ideas and experiences that advance their dreams, support the evolution of creative industries, and inspire the creation of ground breaking new art forms.

At York’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design – or as we call it, AMPD – we recognize that creativity is the new transferable skill — an asset that’s in critical demand across all industries, from the arts, engineering and technology to business, entertainment and public service. And this demand will only grow.

In our creative future, imagination on its own is simply not enough. We need artists who are thinkers, makers, collaborators and innovators. These are the kinds of leaders we’re preparing at AMPD. We’re electrifying the imagination of a new generation of artists, designers, filmmakers, performers and scholars who have a growing appetite for experimentation and daring artistic invention.

My own artistic career led me to ignite a lifelong commitment to interdisciplinary arts education by forging creative partnerships across arts, media and engineering domains. I am deeply honoured to have the opportunity to build a next-generation arts school at York University with you, and to help each of you realize your dreams and reach beyond disciplinary boundaries.

At AMPD, you’re an artist set to realize a visionary path. Our school will provide you with superb training, an intellectually vibrant and engaged community, rich industry connections, a network of trailblazing alumni, and world-class facilities in which to experiment, learn and lead. You will be encouraged to collaborate with peers and professionals to explore imaginative ways of thinking and doing, and develop an abiding hunger to make a meaningful and enduring impact in the world.

We stand on the threshold of a dramatically new and radically different kind of arts future: one where the communication of our ideas and their physical and virtual expression have extraordinary value, and are poised to become the new currency of a creative and experience-based economy.

At AMPD, we believe the single most valuable asset for your future success is creativity. Open your mind to the ways in which your individual talent will change the future, and join us at AMPD to boldly define the future of creativity.


Shawn Brixey, Dean